Friday has officially arrived, which means one thing: we have to dish out our pick for New England NCAA Division III football matches.
Last week we didn’t do badly as we correctly picked seven games to increase our season total 19-11.
Let’s see if this week we can select at least seven games correctly – maybe eight or nine?
In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend everyone and enjoy the games and the glorious fall weather (Can I have a hot coffee please??)
Noontime’s D3 Football Games to Watch: Week Four
Norwich University at Endicott College (Saturday 24 Sept at 12pm): Last week, the Gulls’ defense scored their first touchdown of the season — so much for their third straight shutout. Expect the Endicott defense to pose a few problems for a Cadet squad that has lost two straight encounters with the Gulls dating back to a late November 2012 contest. PREDICTION: Endicott over Norwich
Salisbury University at Western New England (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): The Golden Bears will round out their schedule outside of the league against a challenging opponent looking to keep up Rowan University and State of Montclair in which New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). PREDICTION: Salisbury over Western New England
Coast Guard Academy at Anna Maria College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): AMCATs are looking for some extra momentum to head into the conference next week. Look for another big game by the quarterback on Saturday Alex Kohen. PREDICTION: Anna Maria over the Coast Guard Academy
Husson University at Springfield College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m.): Springfield’s four-game homestand ends in a key non-league clash with an Eagles team that recently ended its two-game losing streak. If Springfield are going to be victorious, they need a big play from the quarterback David Wells. PREDICTION: Springfield over Husson
Wesleyan University at Middlebury College (Saturday 24 Sept at 1pm): Both teams won their respective season openers last week, but can this year’s Panthers roster put the brakes on a high-profile Cardinals offense that scored 41 points last week? PREDICTION: Wesleyan over Middlebury
Tufts University at Bates College (Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1:30 p.m.): The comeback of the jumbos, on the other hand Trinity College fell short last week – but was impressive. Expect another big game from wide receiver Phil Lutz. PREDICTION: Tufts over Bates
Framingham State at Westfield State (Saturday, September 24 at 2 p.m.): This is a must for the Rams who dropped their first conference game against UMass Dartmouth last week. PREDICTION: Framingham State over Westfield State
UMass Dartmouth at Worcester State (Saturday, September 24 at 2:30 p.m.): quarterback Dante Aviles Santos was the player to watch with the Corsairs this fall — he’s hit 12 touchdown passes in three games and will certainly continue his success from last season against the Lancers, who were runners-up. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth over Worcester State
Nichols College at Hartwick College (Saturday 24 Sept at 2:30 p.m.): The Bison started 3-0 – last week they needed everyone in their roster to secure a hard-fought victory over the Coast Guard Academy. This week should continue Nichols’ season-opening momentum against the Hawks in New York. PREDICTION: Nichols over Hartwick
Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut (September 24 at 5 p.m.): This is a must for the Bears as they have yet to crack the Victory Column this season. runner Adam Couch has been the player to watch at Bridgewater State. Against it last week State of Plymouth, he rushed for a game-high 111 yards and a touchdown. He also caught four passes for 64 yards. West Connecticut John Giller is the player to watch at Wolves after throwing a season-high 305 yards in week three. PREDICTION: Bridgewater State over Western Conn.